The mission of the Lane Community College HAZMAT Response Team is to protect life, property, and the environment by isolating, containing, and mitigating hazardous materials incidents; responding to CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) emergencies and minimizing the dangers associated with them.
Lane Community College's HAZMAT Team is overseen by the Lane Community College Public Safety Department. Sergeant Chris Hanneson is the founding member of the HAZMAT Team, which consists of a Minimum level B Offensive structure. He is a FEMA/DHS/and State of Oregon Level 3 HAZMAT Technician who has also been extensively trained in the NIMS/ICS Process for Incident Mitigation. HAZMAT as a whole consists of (CBRNE); anything Chemical, Biological, Radiatiological, Nuclear, or Explosive.
One of Lane Community College's core values is a safe learning environment. Everyone in the College is a stakeholder as a HAZMAT situation can affect anyone. The team needs more people that will be able to mitigate an incident and is now and continually recruiting volunteers. The vision is to have monthly meetings with training conducted to key FMP players designated by their managers. Sergeant Hanneson's ambition is to get everyone HAZWOPER Certified, along with certain individuals trained to level 1 Hazmat Technicians.
College Hazmat team personnel are specially trained to handle various Hazmat situations. Hazmat includes materials that are radioactive, flammable, explosive, corrosive, oxidizing, asphyxiating, bio hazardous, toxic, pathogenic, or allergenic. Also included are physical conditions such as compressed gases and liquids or hot materials, including all goods containing such materials or chemicals, or may have other characteristics that render them hazardous in specific circumstances.
Goals for the team include monthly meetings for team members, training topics, opportunities to learn skills, and drill activities. These goals also include an annual Team exercise on campus, with support from outside agencies. One of the key objectives of this team is to isolate, identify, and contain incidents with the smallest amount of contamination.
The Hazmat Team will consist of team members from Public Safety and FMP, including Custodial Services. The Chemical Hygiene Officer, various Safety Committee members, and Lane C-CERT members, and other departments within the college are welcome and encouraged to join this partnership as well.
Interested in joining the HAZMAT team? Contact:
Sergeant Chris Hanneson
Department of Public Safety